Occasionally, I hear comments about how legislators only work four months out of the year. I have to laugh at this a little and respond that I wish someone would tell me which eight months I have off. Though the session meets from the first Monday in February and must conclude by the final Friday in May, there is plenty of work to keep legislators busy if they treat the job as a full-time position. Many legislators will hold down other employment, such as insurance or real estate agents, attorneys or a possible career from prior to their election. I do not disparage that choice, but I am glad I chose to do this position full-time and I hope I have done the service for the district as they have expected.
One benefit to this choice is the ability to work on legislative issues year-round. On Monday, I met with law enforcement officers to look at modifications to some laws which have allowed criminals to swindle certain systems. I will go into this further when the bill filing period gets closer. Needless to say, there are many people out there who find ways to cheat the system of laws which have been created rather than earn an honest living. I feel it is our job to constantly be working on ideas to improve our state.
Along those lines, serving as a full-time legislator allows time to research upcoming interim studies. I have seven studies which will be heard in the months ahead. So far, three of the studies have been set with times and locations. Here is the current update:
*13-060 – Community Poultry & Garden Exchange – Agriculture Committee, room 432a - 9/17/13 – 1:30 p.m.;
*13-081 – School Storm Shelters – Common Education Committee – no date set yet;
*13-084 – State Agency Reserve Funds – States Rights Committee – no date set yet;